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    Advice on a tent

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    What's your budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson Fart View Post
    2 person (budget) tent
    You can get a Eureka Timberline 2 for around $100. Campmor's price isn't the lowest I've seen either. The Timberline is heavy (7 lb) for a bike packing tent but it is extremely rugged. I used on for 15 or 20 years without any failures. It's A-frame construction makes it a very roomy tent too. About the best 'budget' tent I've ever seen.
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    I'm assuming you mean a two person tent for one person. Yes?

    How much use do you plan for it?

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    1) What seasons/weather/terrain will it be used in?
    2) Will you be using it for weekend trips for a day or two or living in it for months on end?
    3) Will you be stealth camping (where color is an important factor) or in campgrounds?
    4) Do you want a fully enclosed tent or a floorless shelter? (ie, is weight an important factor)
    5) My "budget" is different from yours, in all likelihood, so ballpark it. Cheap just means it will fail when you need it most.

    Buying a tent is a major consideration. Like many other people on this board, I went with a floorless tent design that is light, packs small, is a 4-season tent, can be used on almost any terrain, very durable, and is not terribly expensive. In my case, a Black Diamond Megamid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    Eureka Timberline 2.............About the best 'budget' tent I've ever seen.
    No Question.

    I have had one for years and done some very serious backpacking. I see lots of neat and newer tents and feel like upgrading but do not need to. Something cool about things that just work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wstandis View Post
    No Question.

    I have had one for years and done some very serious backpacking. I see lots of neat and newer tents and feel like upgrading but do not need to. Something cool about things that just work.
    I'm carrying a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 which is very, very nice but if you have two people, you can split the weight of the Timberline so that each of you carries about the same weight as a Seedhouse. I don't think I'd go back to a Timberline but for a good cheap rugged tent, it's hard to beat. And you can get very large vestibules to put on either end or both of the Timberline. More weight but the storage space is incredible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    I'm carrying a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 which is very, very nice but if you have two people, you can split the weight of the Timberline so that each of you carries about the same weight as a Seedhouse. I don't think I'd go back to a Timberline but for a good cheap rugged tent, it's hard to beat. And you can get very large vestibules to put on either end or both of the Timberline. More weight but the storage space is incredible.
    All true, but it is pretty heavy. Something like the Eureka Spitfire 2 is a lot lighter and can be found for about the same price. It isn't freestanding though.

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    my budget is around 100-200
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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    All true, but it is pretty heavy. Something like the Eureka Spitfire 2 is a lot lighter and can be found for about the same price. It isn't freestanding though.
    I'll say this with an *, I second the Spitfire 2. Just picked this up for my first tour in June. It's not free standing, but I think it makes great use of space for a light weight (4lb) 2 person tent.

    It's 10' long by 5'10" wide I believe. It tapers at both ends, but we figured it will be good areas to store our gear (only downside is it doesn't have any vestibules). My wife and I are tall, She's 6' and I'm 6'3" and we fit very comfortably inside.

    We got it for $129.99 at Bass Pro Shops

    *Haven't actually used it yet, but set it up in the back yard right after we bought it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson Fart View Post
    my budget is around 100-200
    With that budget, you can get a Big Agnes Seedhouse 2. Not as light at the Seedhouse SL2 but still less than the Timberline by about 3 lbs. Big Agnes stuff is very good.
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    I have this one: it is sufficiently roomy IMHO, fairly light, excellent under quite a downpour, stable in wind, fast to put up or down. If you can shop at the MEC or if you can find it somewhere else I think that you should consider it.

    Have fun.

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    Check out REI Outlet-- right now they have several that are within your price range. I don't think you can go too far wrong with the "name" brands--REI, Eureka, Sierra Designs, Big Agnes, MSR, North Face , Kelty, etc.
    http://www.rei.com/outlet

    FWIW- I've used the Sierra Designs Lightning for several years and am really happy with it.

    PS. You guys are right about the Eureka Timberline. I used a Timberline 4 for 20+ years before it gave up the ghost. I'm using part of the rainfly now as a groundcloth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    With that budget, you can get a Big Agnes Seedhouse 2. Not as light at the Seedhouse SL2 but still less than the Timberline by about 3 lbs. Big Agnes stuff is very good.
    This tent has crap poles. I'm a big fan of the SL version though. My normal seedhouse with the yunan poles pretty much all stress fractured at the pole connection points. Didn't really surprise BA when I brought it up. BA did replace them... but I was able to upgrade them to the Eastons(same ones as the SL version) for $35 instead of going with the crap yunan version for free.

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    If you're an REI member and there's one near you find out when the next scratch and dent sale is. I got a brand new tent (returned because the person didn't like it) for $80. A $350 tent for $80 you really can't beat it.

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    I ended up getting a Nemo Losi 2P tent from REI Outlet for around $200 with my discount and $50 gift certificate for getting their credit card. This is an excellent tent but pricey. I think one of the best bargains out their is the REI Half Dome for $179. The truth is, it's hard to beat the Eureka Timberline for $100. It is tried and true. I used one for many years and it never failed. It's not as comfy as the more modern tents and doesn't have the vestibule space the Half Dome types do, but it's a real workhorse.

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    For two, a three-person tent: http://www.rei.com/product/796129
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    I can vouch for the Eureka Spitfire 2 being a lot of bang for the buck. Great ventilation as the inner tent is nearly all mesh. Very durable, roomy, good peak height, stealth coloring, and lightweight. The aluminum poles and zippers are tough. You have to provide your own ground cloth if you choose to use one and you may have to seam seal the fly.
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    There's an Alps Mountaineering single on Steep and Cheap right now. You might want to watch backcountryoutlet.com or something.

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    I found a really good deal on a Eureka Apex 2xt... any opinions on that?
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